MasterworkSketch cards is only a part of the work I do. This year, however, marks the tenth year I’ve been involved in that little world! Over the years that world has become bigger, despite the physical dimensions.

In 2006, I was invited to join an online forum (the Scoundrel Art forum) that specifically showcased the art of different artists as they worked on sketch card commissions or sets for various companies. My very first attempts at drawing and sketch on a 2.5 x 3.5 inch size was surprisingly hard, I thought! It took a few months for me to get a handle just on the idea of it… I almost gave up. One is supposed to paint BIG, present BIG, and talk BIG, not business card size…

In 2007, I was given the opportunity to work on the Star Wars: 30th Anniversary set put out by Topps Entertainment. To work on a set about a movie I’d fallen in love with (along with a bajillion other people) at the tender age of fourteen was amazing for me, and I’d like to think I’ve learned a lot since then about art, technique, professionalism, and the determination to ALWAYS improve. ALWAYS be curious about something.

I’m so happy I didn’t quit on it! Again, my work includes several arenas – portraits, sketches for horse-related books, fine art commissions, and the like – but in the “sketch” card world, I’ve gotten to meet so many kind people, both collectors and other artists! I’m hoping to have a go at other types of art and illustration to complement the skills I’ve learned so far, expand those skills (and ideas) and keep moving along. Like the human heart, sketch cards are bigger on the inside. :-p

I’m proud of what I’ve done so far, am grateful to sketch cards, and hope to keep doing these little cards along with every other type of current and future projects!

Sketch cards RULE!

Ingrid KV Hardy

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